Trail – To the Rest of the World

posted 22 Feb 2010, 03:07 by Joe Richardson
Released: 15th February 2010

by Ash Mitchell

With an impressive resume and with plenty of big name interest such as the likes of multi-platinum Faith No More and Maroon 5 producer Matt Wallace, Trail unleash their debut album “To the Rest of the World”...So no pressure then.
The album gets off to a great start with the catchy but haunting “Prism” which presents us with an infectious jangly guitar hook which is the driving force of the song. The breakdown and final chorus of the song are the high point of the track which make full use of the bands five-piece potential and showcase Charlie Afif’s vocal ability, of which there is plenty.
Based on the opening track the album is somewhat of a let down on which a number of the tracks seem to blend in to one and feel a bit samey. The band seems to have found a formula on which they base their songs upon and seem afraid to cross any of the boundaries which they have imposed upon themselves. This though is not necessarily a bad thing from the bands perspective as the songs are loaded with the chart bothering style that could be compared to that of bands such as Nickelback. However there are a number of tracks which show that Trail has potential which may not be fully exploited on the album.
“All Down” is a stunning song whose haunting but groovy bass riff keeps the listener hooked throughout. The lyrics seem to focus on a lack of hope and are delivered in way that again shows the undeniable talent of the bands aforementioned front man.
“Fumes” is another standout track on the album, and can only be described as wind in your hair, driving rock. It is possibly the heaviest track on the album with the rhythm guitar providing a power chord heavy backdrop to the flange filled stabbing chords of the lead guitar.
In summary “To the Rest of the World” displays the great potential of a relatively young band, which unfortunately fails to utilise all five members of the band on some tracks and therefore they seem to lack a certain amount of depth. All negativity aside Trail do have the potential to go onto big things.